Kendall Home for Children (demolished) – Miami FL


The Kendall Home for Children was constructed by FERA in 1935.

The home was later run by the Catholic Church and then by Dade County. Residents have since reported a history of child abuse at the site. By 2007, the buildings were demolished or in ruins.

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Location Info

Kendall Indian Hammocks Park
Miami, FL 33173

Location notes: Location approximate.

Coordinates: 25.694571, -80.3715694

20 comments on “Kendall Home for Children (demolished) – Miami FL

  1. Bobette Jaffee

    When taken over by county, wasn’t it a hospital?

  2. Craig Evans

    There was a hospital on the grounds. Today when you enter from 107th Ave. The hospital would have been on the right. I remember a woman, a Ms. Dial or Dale was in charge of the ‘Home’. I was sent there in the late 50’s and ran away one night and was never caught…

  3. Lived at home from 1959 – 1965. Then place in a foster home in west Hialeah. Never went through any abuse. My name is Samuel Solis. My older brother Ernie was in there as well. He was placed in Parkway.

  4. My brother ended up in boys Town after being in parkway I ended up in parkway with two other siblings and then I was fostered out into 13 foster homes and two group homes. People will never know how tough you had to be in order to get through this life. I am so glad that that part of my life is over with. My sister Sharon Davis also ended up in Kendall children’s home because she was very difficult..

  5. Margee Trimble

    My 3 siblings and I lived in Kendall home twice during our childhood after being abandoned by our father!
    The abuse was nothing more than Regiment and control. Being uncompliant was not tolerated! We were made to recite bible verses weekly!
    We were there in the Early fifty’s!
    Wish I knew more about it!
    All the records seem vague!

  6. I was one of the adults who tried to provide recreational opportunities for the dependent kids at Kendall in the mid-1960’s. I remember the Solis boys and wonder how the rest of those kids turned out. Mostly they were good kids whose families had fallen apart and they had nowhere to go. It was a miserable situation but the foster care programs often weren’t a whole lot better.

  7. Dede Poillon (brossett)

    I was in Kendall and parkway children’s home around 1969 to 1976. I started with my brothers in parkway and was moved to various children’s homes ; Kendall, Bethany. Circle c youth ranch

  8. I have read the reported accusations towards Monsignor Brian O. Walsh and I don’t believe a word of it. I was in the Dade County Welfare System; I admit that the System wasn’t perfect. In the early 1960’s I was sent to a Catholic School in Richmond, Virginia; I was well cared for.

  9. Karen Sell

    Please.. If any one can help me find out if I was there.. Desperately trying to find answers.. Im 56 and just stumbled upon this… Something sounds familiar about it..i was living somewhere until I was adopted at 18 months. July 18 1965 DOB..was giving up immediately after birth. was born in St Pete but came to my new home on 30th street Miami. Adoptive father was Assist Fire Chief. City of Miami/Dade

  10. Linda Judge

    There was an agency called Children’s Home Society in Miami that handled the children that were given up for adoption, next door was an orphanage called The American’s Children Home

  11. Linda Olson Judge

    I was in Kendall a couple of times in the 50’2, in-fact I ran away from there when I was a little girl. I agree they weren’t abusive but were very strict. I just wanted to go hoe, instead numerous foster homes and orphanage until my aunt took me in at 13.

  12. Cheryta A Moss

    1958 to 1960 was my time there. My sister and I. Jus hated being locked up. We were the independent kids. Older sister learned a lot of bad habits there from other kids. Hated hurricane season. I remember frogs all over the place at times. Glad to run across this article.


    I am doing research for myself and 5 siblings. Us 4 older kids including myself were taken to Parkway around 1968 to maybe 1970. We later went to a smaller Catholic children’s I believe in Cutler Bay. When we were older I went to Bethany that was on the same Catholic home and Church grounds and my brothers went to Boystown. Trying to find the locations. After graduating South Miami High and graduating Florida State I moved to Chicago and my brothers to California so South Florida Has changed.

  14. Ellen suggs

    Was this once parkway children’s home ? I was in around 68 .I can’t find any records of a parkway children’s home I just remember that name

  15. My brother and I were at American Childrens home 1956-1959. We were at 3 foster homes for short periods during those 3 years. In 1959 we were adopted together to a even more miserable situation. I always wonder how I turned out so “good” with all the abuse I suffered at the home. Poor supervision led to older girls bullying and intimidating the younger of us. The only good thing I remember was Lucy Greenberg who was my caseworker. She showed me love and attention that I desperately needed. I will never forget her kindness at a time when it was needed the most.

  16. Dede Poillon

    Maria Bosches
    I was in Bethany too. I feel like we were there at the same time .

  17. Samuel Solis

    Barb I’m the younger Solis brother Sam. My older brother passed Ernie. Gilbert & Johnny Camacho they also passed on . POP & MA STONE ,MR.TERO ,THE ART TEACHER ANITA SOMMERS the Paterson Brothers & sisters. Mrs.Sray , Ms. Lyons , the Grangers the Gridens ,Johnsons.

  18. Samuel Solis

    Samuel Solis in the home in 1958- 1959-June 1 1965 fostered out. E- mail is [email protected] Would like to hear from someone. I remember many of the names mentioned in the comments. My brother was better well known (Ernie). POP & Mom STONE were the favorite houseparents among the dependent boys.

  19. My mom and aunt were in parkway in 1969 not sure for how long. They were both with a group that went on the skipper chuck show. My aunt won the balloon drop. My mom would have been almost 9 then. I’m tryin to find footage of the show for her and have hit a wall with the TV station. Next step was to ask the children’s home. But I can’t even find a record of it except this thread. Would love to kno if anyone else remembers thos or if you can point me in a good direction?

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